Stars shine during international friendlies

Neymar scored twice for Brazil against Turkey and Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a win over Croatia.

FILE: Brazilian forward Neymar. Picture: AFP

ISTANBUL/LONDON - Neymar scored twice as Brazil continued their winning run under new head coach Dunga with a 4-0 victory against Turkey in a friendly in Istanbul on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Barcelona forward also provided an assist to add to his brace and was aided by a brilliant performance by Chelsea winger Willian.

Neymar held off the attentions of the last defender to finish past Volkan Demirel after finding himself one on one with the Turkish goalkeeper in the 20th minute.

Semih Kaya's own goal and Willian's strike just before the break gave the visitors a 3-0 halftime lead before Neymar completed the rout in the 60th minute with his 42nd international goal.


Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday.

Messi scored from the spot in the 57th minute after Aguero had been brought down by goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

Midfielder Anas Sharbini gave the Croatians an early lead which they held until three minutes after halftime when a shot from outside the box by left back Cristian Ansaldi took a deflection off Aguero's forearm and went in.


Turkey 0-4 Brazil

Norway 0-1 Estonia

Netherlands 2-3 Mexico

Argentina 2-1 Croatia

Belgium 3-1 Iceland